Evanston’s rich diversity will be on displayat this year’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service. Hundreds of people from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and many other faith communities will gather together for the celebration at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, 516 Church St. Evanston’s sesquicentennial will also be celebrated at the service.

Sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston, the service will feature music, blessings and spoken-word presentations by representatives of many ethnic and religious traditions.

Rev. Dean Francis, senior pastor of First Church, will be the keynote speaker, and David Castillo, the church’s music director, will lead a choir composed of singers from several Evanston congregations.

“The Thanksgiving Eve service reminds me that I am a part of a community that respects the traditions of others and finds joy in celebrating together,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of Interfaith Action. “Being held the evening before Thanksgiving, it is a great way for families to experience the depth of religious expression found in Evanston.”